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Is Your Office Haunted?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the class-five-free-roaming-vapour dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 266

WormholeFiend writes "You know Halloween is around the corner when websites like Forbes.com releases a story wondering about the supernatural. From the article: 'Maybe the spirits have decided that spooky mansions and creepy battlefields are passé. Maybe they want to cash in on the glamour of corporate life. Maybe they just wanted the sushi.'" Anyone out there have any encounters with a spiritual Milton?

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there is some good advice in article (4, Funny)

yagu (721525) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910673)

The article didn't shed much light on paranormal experience nor did it even lead me to be much more curious. In my opinion it's mostly goofiness.

However, the article did contain a gem, and delivered as a parting word of wisdom:

One paranormal investigator in North Carolina, no fan of Microsoft's (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) operating system, says he has had to explain to people "that if you're running Windows, you have a much bigger problem than ghosts.

Nicely put, and 'nuff said.

The mainstream media says nothing of value. (4, Insightful)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910689)

Don't look to the mainstream for anything of value about any subject.

They're just in it to put cash in their pockets.

Re:The mainstream media says nothing of value. (4, Funny)

sydb (176695) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910830)

There is some value in it; it tells you what a significant portion of the population are believing. That's scarier than their profits. Wooooh! (Do ghosts go "Wooooh!" all over the world or just here in Little Britain?)

Re:The mainstream media says nothing of value. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910885)

I think fanboys go 'woooh', and ghosts go 'booo' :P

Re:The mainstream media says nothing of value. (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910924)

So are blogs. [google.com]

Re:there is some good advice in article (1, Funny)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910693)

Actually, it's more like "If you use windows, make sure you have the right ghost [symantec.com] !"

DICK UP YOUR ASS? (0, Flamebait)

Albert Pussyjuice (675113) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911287)

Only fucking morons cannot run a stable version of Windows XP. While it was once true that Windows is unstable, XP is not the type of doormat you believe it to be apparently. But, uninformed assholes will continue to spread nonsense like Windows is unstable and Java is slow long after these observations have ceased to be observable.

Fuck you very much for your faggot shenanigans. I would love to gouge out your eyes and skull-fuck you. Without that option, I would settle for shitting on your face - DIARRHEA STYLE!

Re:there is some good advice in article (2, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910899)

"Paranormal investigator".

Is that the backup choice if the application as 7-11 clerk is turned down?

Fuck Forbes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910984)

An anti Open Source mouthpiece for the Micros~1 ogranization is all.

Why yes, it is (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910679)

by the ghosts of First Posts Past!

My Office Isn't But, I think My Anus Is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910796)

Several times a day my anus makes a scary sound and an ill wind bursts forth and emanates a foul odor. It's got to be evil spirits!

Strangely, consuming good spirits, like Jack Daniels, makes it even worse!

To those who doubt the paranormal (-1, Troll)

LeonGeeste (917243) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910684)

If you really think ghosts and all are fake, then how about this: put up, say $1000 of your own money to the first person to scientifically prove they exist. You wouldn't do it right? Because you know you'd be out $1000.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (5, Insightful)

n0dalus (807994) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910706)

You wouldn't do it right? Because you know you'd be out $1000.

No, I wouldn't do it because I'd have a bunch of pseudo-scientists clambering over me for my delicious bounty.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (2, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910707)

No, nobody's doing it because it's stupid.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (2, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910957)

No, no one's doing it because we'd then have a big debate over whether they evolved or were intelligently designed.

snicker... (5, Informative)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910709)

It's already been done. So if you are the "brilliant scientist" with evidence, just give the the amazing randi" [randi.org] a call and you can be a "brilliant scientist" with a million dollars.

Fishy (1)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910859)

Hrm, something smells fishy about the Randi foundation... from the linked site:

No one has ever taken the formal test, as one must first pass the preliminary test.

Apparently they can arbitrarily set rules and conditions for the preliminary test which most people refuse for some reason. Also, it is worth noting that should the Randi foundation ever actually have to pay the million, they would cease to exist. Just a couple of points to consider...

Re:Fishy (3, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910968)

Apparently they can arbitrarily set rules and conditions for the preliminary test which most people refuse for some reason.

Yes. And that reason is that they know they'll be proven to be a fraud. Those paranormal dorks only want to perform on their own terms under their own controlled conditions. Never anything scientific. Hey, if you can levitate, do it. Show the world. Show Randi and get rich.

But nah, the Silvia Brown's and Uri Gellars of the world would much rather indulge in fame and fortune on such enlightened outlets such as the Art Bell show and Montel Williams.

If someone could prove to me under controlled scientific conditions that any of these paranormal claims (ghosts, aliens, levitation, ESP, etc) are absolutely real, I'd cut off my left nut and donate 50% of my salary to charity for the rest of my entire life.

But the fact is, nobody ever wants controlled expiriments, because they can't cheat. I mean . . . DUH. And what's hilarious is the same people who are rational enough to call out creationists and other nuts have no problem indulging in little green men, caspers and David Blaine.

Re:Fishy (2, Insightful)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911016)

Hey, don't get me wrong, I agree with you, I'm just saying that the Randi foundation cannot be held as an unbiased group by any stretch of the imagination. In fact they have a powerful vested interest in never handing out their million. Mind you, some of the applicants do provide a good deal of comic relief... heres one beauty from the site, he was also talking about "lightning a tree".

You owe me a million dollars: 2 million.
1: for the itching you got when I first demonstrated possessors exits.
2: for the demonstration with two independent witnesses who verifyed it, and hopefully will work with your demonstration checker.

Calling the police and reporting you for fraud is a step I could take. The contract I signed did not have three wittnesses, so you dont believe I signed it, so it is invalid.

John N. Maguire III and the gosts
send for our free religion

Re:Fishy (1)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911134)

It says right in the FAQ that it's an adversarial process. That is, they don't believe you to begin with and it's up to you to prove it. However, I don't think they care as much as you think about the one million dollars in the same way that you or I would. It does not belong to "james randi", it belongs to the organization which is a non-profit.

That is, there is no basis for your implication that being out a cool million is reason for JREF to be fraudulent or to design tests that are not passable by a legitimate paranormal. It probably only seems that way because there isn't any such thing as a legitimate paranormal.

Re:Fishy (1)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911197)

It does not belong to "james randi", it belongs to the organization which is a non-profit.

Yes, and I might be mistaken, but the sole and whole purpose of this organisation, from the site at least, is to hand a million dollars to the person that can demonstrate paranormal powers. The foundation employs at least one person, probably quite a few, all of whom would be out of a job if the tests are ever passed, and the foundation as a whole would cease to exist, probably. Also being a non profit, it can receive tax deductable donations. None of which makes me any more confident in them have a real interest in ever proving that someone has paranormal powers.

It probably only seems that way because there isn't any such thing as a legitimate paranormal.

Well, I'm not qualified to comment on this myself, and I'm not sure you are either. As someone who largely adheres to science and the scientific method, I prefer only to make definitive statements about things I am relatively certain of.

Re:Fishy (1)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911328)

No, the purpose of the organization is to debunk pseudoscience. If you claim something is true, prove it, else, don't "make definitive statements about things" you are not "relatively certain of". I'm relatively certain btw, that there isn't any such thing as a legitmate paranormal.

Re:Fishy (4, Informative)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911029)

Christ, at least be honest. The test protocol is agreed to by BOTH the participant and the James Randi Foundation. What this says is that applicants won't agree to a proper test protocol. If you say that ghosts exist why wouldn't you agree to ruling out EVERY possible alternative explanation. The rules aren't "arbitrary", they are designed to eliminate any chance that the "paranormal" is misrepresenting his claims and are agreed to by the paranormal. A true paranormal would welcome the strictest of tests because it would prove beyond doubt that, at the very least, his skills are genuine. If you could prove that you could talk to the dead you would be rich beyond your dreams as you would have the entire world as your client.

The fact that nobody has ever been tested is testament to the fact that "Paranormals" are a bunch of frauds. At best they're entertaining, at worst they're criminals.

As this excerpt from the FAQ points out. Finger pointing is pointless. Either you have the skill or you don't and since you have to agree to the test protocol you can't claim that it was some set of "arbitrary" rules.

Since 1964 parnormals have had the opportunity to put up or shut up, yet in over fourty years, none have.

Taken from http://www.randi.org/ [randi.org]

1.1. What's the history of the Challenge?

The Challenge started in 1964 when James Randi put up $1,000 of his own money to the first person who could provide objective proof of the paranormal [1]. Since then, the prize money has grown to the current $1,000,000, and the rules regarding the Challenge have gotten more and more official and legal. It is vital that you understand this fact before you apply. The contract signifies your willingness to adhere to the Challenge rules. If you do not feel that you can abide by the rules, you should not apply, because NO rules will be circumvented on your behalf. So don't even ask.

1.2. Why is there a Challenge in the first place?

During a live radio panel discussion, James Randi was challenged by a parapsychologist to "put [his] money where [his] mouth is", and Randi responded by offering to pay $1,000 to anyone who demonstrated a paranormal power under satisfactory observational conditions. [2]

1.3. How many applicants have there been for the Challenge?

Between 1964 and 1982, Randi declared that over 650 people had applied [3]. Between 1997 and February 15, 2005, there had been a total of 360 official, notarized applications.

1.4. How many people have passed the preliminary test?

None. Most applicants never agree to a proper test protocol, so most are never tested.

1.5. How many people have passed the formal test?
No one has ever taken the formal test, as one must first pass the preliminary test.

2.1. What do you mean by "mutually agreed upon"?

"Mutually agreed upon" means that neither side can force the other side into doing or saying something that they don't want to, and that if no agreement can be reached, the application process is terminated, with no blame or fault attributed to either side.
It's easy to point fingers after a Challenge claim comes to an impasse and say that the other side was being unreasonable. This phrase is used to insure that finger-pointing has no merit.

Re:Fishy (1)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911093)

Ah yes, thats the part I was looking for...

"Mutually agreed upon" means that neither side can force the other side into doing or saying something that they don't want to, and that if no agreement can be reached, the application process is terminated, with no blame or fault attributed to either side.

So essentially what they are saying is that if the applicants can't agree to their conditions, no test will proceed. Which is what I was saying they were saying. Besides you didn't respond to my second point which was that the Randi foundation has a great deal of motivation to never hand over the loot. Don't think I'm in favour of the looney tunes, I'm not, I just can't accept the foundation as being the definitive last word in fair and unbiased testing of the paranormal.

Re:Fishy (1)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911196)

I responded to your other point in another post.

What they are saying is, that you have to prove beyond doubt that what you claim is true, is in fact true. The reason paranormals don't agree to the rules is because they are a bunch of frauds.

paranormal and proving it.... (3, Insightful)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911329)

If you can't accept the Randi foundation as fair and unbiased in testing the paranormal, what alternatives do you think are better?

It seems to me this is a group which has given more thought than anyone else to applying science and logic to the whole thing. I don't think they're necessarily less motivated to hand over their prize money than anyone else would be who offered something like that up? I mean, no - nobody probably wants to give away a million bucks that's earning them a tidy sum of interest in a bank account someplace. But the claim that the Randi foundation would just "go away" if they had to give away the prize seems blatantly false. They'd simply be able to continue doing what they've done .... proving that 99.9% of the claims of having ESP, paranormal "powers" and so forth are fraudulent. If they were only able to find one real psychic after all these years, that wouldn't really change much for them, other than Randi having to admit that he finally found 1 isolated instance of someone having a power he never before believed really existed. That would probably make them look MORE legitimate, as it would heighten everyone's interest in finding out who is a scam and who isn't.

Re:paranormal and proving it.... (1)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911352)

If you can't accept the Randi foundation as fair and unbiased in testing the paranormal, what alternatives do you think are better?

I'm not at all sure, but I reckon something not financially motivated would be a good start.

that wouldn't really change much for them,

No, I don't really see it. If one person comes in and claims the million with a solid esp power, everyone else with the same power or similar would land on them and they would have to give out a whole lot more millions. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time that financial considerations have held back valuable information.

Re:Fishy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911086)

JREF has a forum with challenge application emails submitted back and forth between whoever wants the $1mil and JREF. You can see that the preliminary test is created under conditions that *both* parties have agreed to:

http://forums.randi.org/forumdisplay.php?f=43 [randi.org]

They shouldn't put up just money. (0, Flamebait)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910713)

They shouldn't put up just money. With the rising inflation in the US, $1000 dollars may be the equivalent of toilet paper by tomorrow, and less valuable than that a week later.

If they are truly sure, then they should put their genitals on the line. Indeed, such a skeptic could offer to cut off his own penis if he is proven wrong. Even better, he'd have to eat it. Just to be kind, he could be allowed to smear some relish on it first.

Re:They shouldn't put up just money. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911002)

If they are truly sure, then they should put their genitals on the line.

You've misunderstood the point.

Randi isn't putting up the money because he's so sure none of these things exists. He's putting it up because he's so sure that those who claim to have special powers or insight are never able or willing to back it up. You may be surprised that most of those who are the fiercest skeptics are the same ones who most want the claims to be real.

I think the amount is well over one million dollars at the Randi foundation right now. All someone has to do is just . . . do what they say they can. No smoke or mirrors. Controlled scientific tests where you prove you can do what you say to the rest of the world and never deal with being called a fake again. Not bad, huh? Oh - and get rich in the process.

And what do the "skeptics" get out of it? Fuck, a million bucks to find and document the proof of some paranormal ability... how amazing would that be? Do you seriously think Randi would be all bummed if someone took him up on his offer and passed with flying colors? Hell no. I gaurantee that would be the best day of his entire life - and it would change the world.

Re:They shouldn't put up just money. (1)

Haydn Fenton (752330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911022)

Haha. I wouldn't be surprised it someone actually cut their balls off, remembering a story from a while ago.

On the news here in the UK a while back, a guy told his mates that if Wales beat England in the a rugby match (for the first time in 12 years), he would cut off his own testicles..... And so he did. Pick your news source and read it yourself [google.com] .

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910714)

Erm, isn't the point of calling ghosts and the like supernatural specifically because they don't comform to the laws of nature (And as such, any science based around it).

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

G (2545) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910823)

That would be the case, yes. But it's actually defined by the current body of scientific knowledge. Fire was magic at one point ; )

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

Koil (786141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910716)

I guess it would depend on your definiton of the fact that Ghosts exists...I don't think that they've been scientifically proven to exist, as well I am pretty sure more than a grand has gone into trying to do so. ...a haunted stapler ....a copier possessed by the devil himself .....thats just business as usual around here, pal.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (2, Interesting)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910728)

$1000 is a pittance compared to the fame you'll achieve for even being connected to scientific proof of ghosts. Obviously people would put up $1000, and for more, if only to make much more money off the book deal and talk show appearances. I'm just James Randi would be honestly happy for the JREF to part with their million to be a part of something so momentous and significant to our understanding of the world.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

Will_Malverson (105796) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910731)

Here's a better idea: If you can repeatably show "evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event", James Randi will pay you one... MILLION dollars [randi.org] .

If you're willing to put a time limit on it, I will gladly enter into a $1000 wager with you on whether or not ghosts or other similar phenomena will be proven to be real in that time frame.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910770)

Why not drop the time frame and spend the money, since no one, even with an infinite amount of time and resources can prove something that doesn't exist. It would be worth restricting 'super natural' or people will start pointing to any unsolved scientific fact , like the two slit experiment [colorado.edu] , as being 'super natural'.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910745)

Bullshit. I don't need to put up a measly thousand when James Randi's foundation has already put up a million dollars for scientific proof of the supernatural. No one to date has claimed the prize. Not even in the 41 years that it has existed.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

raoul666 (870362) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910761)

Tell you what: I'll bet you $1000 you can't scientifically prove they exist within, say, a year.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910858)

James Randi [randi.org] has offered one million dollars to anyone who can prove the existence of anything supernatural or paranormal. No one has claimed the prize, and I say no one will. There may be things we don't understand the nature of yet, but there is no such thing as supernatural or paranormal.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

spatenbrau (926486) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910880)

If you really think ghosts and all are fake, then how about this: put up, say $1000 of your own money to the first person to scientifically prove they exist. You wouldn't do it right? Because you know you'd be out $1000.

James Randy aka "The Amazing Randy" (a retired stage magician) has put up 1000x that -- a cool 1 million to the first person that can demonstrate any of these paranormal claims. [randi.org] If someone could get a ghost to strut around for the test, I'm sure they could pick up a bit of spare change.

Can I get partial credit? (-1, Troll)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910942)

I've worked with many credulous people and our offices are haunted. After a little investigation I've found the ghosts:

1. Mysterious cold draft: The HVAC vents

2. Mysterious shaking: Skyscrapers are designed to sway a little in the wind.

3. Mysterious misc: humans are spending more time indoors than outdoors thus the ghosts have "moved" with them. No, people are just letting their imaginations run wild wherever they go.

4. Mysterious flicker of the light: florescents going out.

Above mixed with "it only happens when..." thus it must be supernatural is nothing but selective thinking. [skepdic.com]

The only truly ghoulish things I've found in my office ironically were:

1. The jehovah's witness who keeps the Watchtower laying around and preaches to new hires. Sorry, but missionary work on the job should be grounds for an immediate firing. Period. Unfortunately, I would think american politicians and judges would quickly call this some sort of discrimination due to vested interests.

2. Setting up a special prayer room for a muslim students at my old school. Hey, I'm all for it, but say I declare myself a discordian tomorrow can I get a chaos room full of nerf guns and classic videogames? Thought not. Double BS standard. My imaginary friend is just as real as yours.

3. Email chains full of "pray for so-and-so." Well, if so-and-so's kid is dead or if they have cancer I doubt some clasped hands are going to make any difference. Sorry, but life is rough. Sometimes really rough, and people have my sympathy, but I won't "share in a prayer with you" thank you ever much. Not to mention, the root question of begging the god who gave so-and-so cancer to take it away seems to spit the face of the whole allowing god(s) to control human affairs. The religious never seem to see it this way.

4. Email chains from the Dali Lama. Oh please, just because you're into Eastern religion doesnt make you *any* different than the Catholic down the hall. The snobby white suburban buddists have more disdain for Christianity than I do. You're both on par with my imaginary friend Eris, but just afraid to really admit it.

I may seem anti-religious, but I just wish people would keep it to themselves for once.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

einhverfr (238914) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911055)

If you really think ghosts and all are fake, then how about this: put up, say $1000 of your own money to the first person to scientifically prove they exist. You wouldn't do it right? Because you know you'd be out $1000.

I think that ghosts exist outside the realm of science. I personally have seen a ghost on one occasion and some other form of spirit (not including alcohol) on another. On several other occasions I have seen what I believe to be a ghost but I am not sure. I place them in a category of events that include UFO sightings and religious apparitions (of, say the Virgin Mary).

My own theory is that there is some occult boundary that exists between the unconscious aspects of ourselves and the manifest world that science studies. In this model, UFO's,* ghosts, etc. exist in this aspect of us and are a part of the human condition.

* There are structural similarities in stories of lights seen in the sky and related abductions even if material aspects of the descriptions vary with the ages. These have lead me to believe that the storylines are universal while the descriptions of the beings behind them exist only in our minds.

Re:To those who doubt the paranormal (1)

pe1rxq (141710) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911350)

In this model, UFO's,* ghosts, etc. exist in this aspect of us and are a part of the human condition.

Its called imagination...

Sure Haunted (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910695)

Well I imagine that many offices are "haunted" with the high rate of mental illness in IT and people who just generally make shit up.

Yes it is! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910698)

With this crazy looking thing: Jack-o-lantern computer [uark.edu]

It has a built in motherboard, case fans, dvd burner, internet, wireless keyboard and mouse, the works. Pretty powerful for just being a pumpkin IMO... They even posted the instructions on how to build your own if you are so inclined Heh..

Re:Yes it is! (1)

mp3phish (747341) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910815)

Sweet, I posted this in a previous thread [slashdot.org]

Timely case mod and sharp looking too!

The rest room (5, Funny)

b_sirrobin (462195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910710)

At my office, some mysterious creature keeps "watering" the floor of the men's restroom. Does that count?

Re:The rest room (2, Funny)

otherniceman (180671) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910828)

Only if you are a Ghost, Zombie, 1st Line tech support or other form of living dead.

Re:The rest room (1)

mikael (484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911098)

You think that's bad? Somebody keeps drinking the water out of the mug on my desk, even when the cleaner was on holiday and the door was locked. And a web-cam set to record any motion didn't detect anyone or anything!

Re:The rest room (1)

Haydn Fenton (752330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911164)

Hahahahahaha! I wish I had mod points. Dunno why but that really tickled me. A mate of mine likes to mark his territory in mens room in a similar fashion.

Ghosts ? Oh yeah. I have seen lots of them (5, Funny)

calvin1981 (922478) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910719)

Here at MIT, we regularly see ghostly figures walking around in distress at 4 in the morning. We call them grad students.

Re:Ghosts ? Oh yeah. I have seen lots of them (0, Redundant)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911203)

The only ghosts I see at office is Norton Ghost [symantec.com] . Oh, you mean a different Ghost. Nevermind. [grin]

I see dead people (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910720)

Having worked for many years in London, I have been in more than one haunted office. The most recent was an international bank that built their plush new London offices over what turned out to be an important Roman site (discovered when they dug to create the foundations). Lots of strange things happened in the basement server rooms, ops reporting that they had seen figures even though they were there alone during the night, peoples voices and such like.

Re:I see dead people (2, Insightful)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910875)

I invite you to post logged-in again, explain something more and give a link to some photos. With anything supernatural appearing repeatedly in the same spot and timeframe, you have not forgotten to make some photos, do you?

Re:I see dead people (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910945)

I know this is a bit OT but one of my co-workers has a coffee cup with the slogan "I see dumb people". I have never had any problem believing that one.

I don't know about haunted ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910723)

but it is filled with dispirited souls

Let's see... (1)

moviepig.com (745183) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910730)

Is your office haunted?

Hmmm..... zombies... sinister whispers... The Boss That Wouldn't Die...

Seems there's a chance...

There are no ghosts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910737)

Only religious simpletons believe in the supernatural.

Re:There are no ghosts (1)

Koil (786141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910758)

Now thats absolute crap...I know several people who aren't religious but still believe that there is residual energy left from a person. Whether you want to call that energy a persons soul is another matter entirely, but a blanket statement like that leaves no wonder that you post AC.

Re:There are no pink unicorns (2, Informative)

ankarbass (882629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910776)

I also know several people who are not religious and they believe in Santa Claus. Of course, all of them are under six years of age, so we might want to forgive their irrational ignorance this one time.

Re:There are no ghosts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910906)

I have to disagree. A simpleton does not have to be religious.

is OSS haunted? (1)

cryptoz (878581) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910759)

AFAIK, my installation of OOo is just fine, but all you MS lovers out there using Office XP - you better watch out. It's been statistically proven that BSODs occur at a higher frequency on Halloween...

Office Halloween pranks gone wrong. (1, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910783)

This doesn't have much to do with the truly paranormal, but it does have to do with office Halloween tricks that go severely wrong.

At a firm I once worked at we had a jokestress named Maria. She was pretty good natured, and every Halloween she's pull some sort of a prank. Usually they were quite benign, such as a plastic skull in the coffee container, or some such.

However, one Halloween she decided to go a bit further than usual. She thought it would be entertaining to dress the photocopier up as a Hawaiian skeleton (I'm not sure why). So she bought much white paper, and some flower necklaces, and stuff like that. She dressed the photocopier up, and some people were amused by it.

Just before lunch a slight problem arose. Some of the flowers had gotten sucked into the machine through the paper intake. Apparently some of the flowers jammed something inside, and things started t really go wrong.

Jim, who was one of the systems administrators able to fix copier problems, thought he could get it unjammed. So he opened the side panel of the machine to work on it, but apparently forgot to turn the power off. The paper feed mechanism somehow caught onto his tie, and started pulling him in.

Luckily somebody was around kick out the power cord, but not after the machine was even more broken, and the toner tank ruptured. Jim was covered in that awful powder, and he ended up tracking it all over the office on his way out. Maria was swiftly dismissed.

My office? What about my house? (4, Informative)

russiste (180524) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910787)

Shameless plug... if you're under the impression that your neighborhood is weird or that your house creaks only on satanic holidays, check out this map of haunted places [hauntedmap.com] to double-check that you've chosen the right place to live.

Happy halloween...

Greg

Re:My office? What about my house? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910951)

My old house was haunted. I never really believed before really strange stuff started happening. The creaky floor boards, television changing channels, lights turning off when you enter a room is nothing until you walk into the bathroom in the middle of the night and see the toilet paper roll spinning all on its own, spewing out paper all over the place until the roll was empty...

It made me a believer - I moved the next month.

Haunted with Zombies (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910800)

Filled to the brim with zombies I say! Zombies at the desks! Zombies on the desks! And no brains to be found! Thats why I work in the warehouse.

I also know halloween is around the corner... (1)

Wisgary (799898) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910819)

when I hear 90% of radio ads saying stuff like "COME NOW FOR PHANTASMAGORIC SAVINGS!!!" or "GET YOUR CAR NOW WITH A GHOSTLY LOW PRICE" and other idiotic uses of "scary" words.

Amazon.com (2, Interesting)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910837)

I'm a little bit surprised that no one has mentioned Amazon.com yet -- but my understanding is that their headquarters is haunted by a number of spectres. For those who are unfamiliar with the building it's a remodeled hospital that was built back in the '30s. The most common 'sighting' sounds a lot like a "who farted" kind of joke. One of the elevators, apparently, will fill with an unbearable stench -- some riders have been known to nearly vomit when they smell it -- while others are unable to smell it at all. Before amazon moved in the building's owners had recieved so many complaints about the smell in this elevator that they hired teams of investigators to find the source of the contamination, tracing back the ventilation shafts, and so on.... No cause has been found and the reports continue.

Re:Amazon.com (1)

Koil (786141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910865)

Sounds like that elevator is just haunted by Bob from accounting after having had the #4 at Rancho Burrito

Re:Amazon.com (1)

rco3 (198978) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911376)

I was gonna suggest that. I *KNOW* that my office has been haunted by a few brown ghosts over the last few years. Sure, it's not exactly "paranormal"... but it's still pretty scary.

Re:Amazon.com (1)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910895)

Are there any tours available through their HQ? I mean, a repeatable supernatural phenomenon will draw in thousands of visitors, let alone bring you Randi's million bucks. So where's a link and a photo? :)

Re:Amazon.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911037)

So where's a link and a photo? :)

How do you photograph flatulence?

Re:Amazon.com (1)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911208)

Flatulence is a mix of gases.

Straight from Wikipedia: The primary constituents ... are ... nitrogen, oxygen, methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen. ...

Gas released mostly has a foul odor which mainly results from low molecular weight fatty acids such as butyric acid (rancid butter smell) and reduced sulfur compounds such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) and carbonyl sulfide that are the result of protein breakdown.

Methane is the main component of regular natural gas. That's why there are hundreds of meters and gauges on the market to detect even minute amounts of methane. Every gas installation company probably has some of them in use every day. Rent one, set it up to record one datapoint every ten seconds, scan or photograph the printout. Then prove there's no other source of natural gas in the house, collect the million dollar bounty and post photos everywhere to annoy scientists.

Re:Amazon.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911324)

That stench is just the patent lawyers, thet're full of it alright.

probably just psychosis (1)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910881)

Major mood disorders that may include positive psychotic symptoms (EG manic depression type one, schizoaffective bipolar type, various schizophrenia subtypes) also include insomnia or nocturnal circadium rhythms for those afflicted with one of these diseases. Therefore, crazy people have an edge over everyone else in learning computers over their years as they are awake often when everyone else is asleep and without distraction or anything else to do than mess with the computer. The sleep abnormality may start in early childhood while one is still flying under the radar in that they have not had a major episode (these diseases generally bloom around later adolescence).

Being psychotic means you are either hallucinating (usually visually but sometimes auditorially and olfactorily) or experiencing delusions, or both. A psychotic mind like this may tailor hallucinations to the storyline of delusion. It does not take a New Orleans's flood of serotonin to start believing you are among ghosts or other supernatural things, or even that you are one of those ghosts; and when you start seeing things, no matter how smart you are to realize this is impossible, it's time to call the ghostbusters because that is what you believe you're experiencing. Even after the episode ends and the flying saucers are gone, the memory of the episode holds it to be as vivid as you thought while experiencing it.

Wrapping up, all's I'm sayin' is that whereas the belief in the supernatural is something is associated with less intelligence and seeing ghosts in this particular instance is possible if you have one of these diseases, and almost 20% of the population does (many of whom don't comply with being medicated), it is resolved that people who report this stuff are either just goofing or they were nuts. OTOH, if you're alone and you don't know you're crazy, from an existential perspective you might as well write off the ghosts as being ghosts. There's a little Satre for you.

A spectre is haunting my office desktop (1, Troll)

ir0b0t (727703) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910894)

Its the spectre of open source.

All the powers of unix are pressed into struggle to exorcise this spectre: GNU and BSD; Apple and Linux; hackers and crackers; script kiddies and my grandmother who can't even use an aol client and wishes she could have her old typewriter back.

Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as open source by its opponents in Richmond?

It is high time that open source advocates openly publish their views and their aims and meet this nursery tale of open source with a party manifesto.

. . .

Brrr . . . spooky . . . .

Happy Halloween!

Office haunted? (4, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910898)

You know you can turn that "Clippy" guy off right?

Re:Office haunted? (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911048)

Ha!
Oddly enough, that didn't work for me.
The haunting noises only went away after I set the windows sound scheme to "No Sounds"
But that still doesn't stop this loud beep that my computer makes every now and then. Creepy right?

Re:Office haunted? (1)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911089)

My g/f's laptop makes some bizarre screeching noise every now and then for no appearant reason, and it isnt drive failure or other hardware stuff. What's worse is it happens under every OS that's put on it!

Sounds like hell (2, Funny)

pellik (193063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910908)

I can't imagine a much worse fate then having to hang out at work forever after I die.

Re:Sounds like hell (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911036)

Imagine having to hang out at work after you die without your favorite red stapler.

Shit I'd probably haunt the place too.

No surprise here (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910910)

I looked at the title of this story and thought to myself: Who would have submitted something this stupid?

I glanced down and low and behold: Zonk.

I used to work.. (2, Interesting)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910918)

..in a train station that was a waypoint for moving the dead in the American Civil War, as well as being the site of a new bride's suicide. At night. Graveyard shift. Still creeps me out.

Re:I used to work.. (2, Interesting)

Koil (786141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910962)

Now that actually sounds kinda cool...

I was watching the Bravo channel last night, and they were running down the list of 100 best scary movie etc....there were some real gems in there that I need to go back and check out.

Back to the point of your post is that I normally don't get "freaked out" by movies...I'll occasionally get the jump kinda reaction , but never really the scared feeling until I was about 25 or so....now I can freak myself out if I just think about a certain fear for too long...

My biggest fear ever, and this is clearly from too much tv, but is to be in a room with lots of windows and no blinds. (I can't sleep in a room without something covering the windows).

I have this fear that (in true horror movie fashion) that I will look over at the window (dark outside of course) and there will be nothing there, look away and then look back to someone (thing) pressed against the glass.

Think about this for longer than 5 minutes and I suddenly have a need to go find a bar thats open late...

Re:I used to work.. (1)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13910988)

Oh, and it was also part of an escape route from a slave auction house a few hundred yards away. Tunnels in the sub-basement you see.

We have a ghost. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13910948)

It keeps sticking the staff in the ass and seems to show up bent out of shape on your chair.
Somebody told me it came from the computers and calls itself Clippy.

My office is haunted on pay day (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911030)

For some reason my office is haunted on pay day. Everyone disappears and the pay cheque net value has a bunch of ghostly stuff in it reducing it's value. The ghost told me tax freedom day was June 29th this year but expecting it to be extended towards October 30th after the liberals get a majority government in February.

Or maybe that was my breath talking, at $13mmdf at the NYMEX hub the heat will be low in the office this winter.

my house (1)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911050)

when i moved into my new house i thought it was haunted >. whenever i go upstairs and turn in a 90 degree angle into the bed room, i can see in the corner of my eyes a shadow going up the stairs. it's so freaky and i can see it all the time. after a while nothing happend and i think it is just a optical illusion than a ghost because it only happens at the stair case when i turn a certain way. but the experience was frightening the first time. that was my one and only (fortunately) "ghost" encounter. i laughed at the last part of the article, so many people hate M$ lol...

There were 2 ghosts reported at my former job (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911056)

It was when I worked one summer at Bucsh Gardens in Tampa. I looked for the ghost and couldn't find it and asked alot of employees about it.

Rumor has it that Crown Colony house is haunted with a little girl who choked on some chicken a few decades ago on the third floor. She can be seen towards halloween waving to guests and is occionsally reported by employees at other times of the year.

I asked about this from people who worked at the Crown Colony house and results were mixed. More likely rumors but one security supervisor who refuses to go in at night said he hired an African Vodooist as a security guard. He can hear hear spirits and said heard the cries of a girl. Also plates have moved and the beer fountains occasionally go off on their own with no explanation.

The other is an appiration of a someone lieing down ona bench near the old brewery at the hospitality house. Turns out a guy drank a large amount of beer and died with a heartattack on the bench.

I don't know about these rumors but they are interesting to say the least. I do not know if its psychological but I do get a very errie feeling of uncomfort when I enter the colony house on the top floors.

Re:There were 2 ghosts reported at my former job (1)

Pfhreakaz0id (82141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911372)

Dude, I've been to busch gardens, and it was just me. I can make myself invisble thru my mind powers. I sneak in at nite, scarf all the free beer, then pass out on the bench. When I sleep, my subconcious has trouble staying invisible, and I kinda fade in and out from view. But as soon as someone comes near, I start to wake up, make myself invisible again, and hence, fade from view. (then I go back to my usual home, at the sorrority house).

Hope this clears things up! Sorry to cause any trouble!

like... MS Office? (1)

linforcer (923749) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911097)

When I read the title I just thought: "No I don't use MS Office"

No need to sue (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911109)

There's no need to sue anybody if you have a haunted house. In fact, I'd love to buy a house that was actually haunted. That way I could win the million dollar prize [randi.org] .

If you want scary stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911200)

One time, I was alone in my office and I smelled a fart that wasn't mine.

We think it is. (2, Interesting)

evilnissan (727313) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911205)

Our office is in a old train station / depot..

I have been working the night shift on and off for the past four years here and most of the time it just seems like a empty building.. But every once in a while you can look out the window of the computer room in to the hallway and see a shadow pass and no one here out there or even in the building..

I have walked down the hallway and had cold chills run up my back. The wost spot is when your in the bathroom and you can here doors out in the hallway open in shut and no one is here except for me and the other operator that has to stay in the computer room. (manned 24/7)

The worst account I can remember is from a exworker named Sheneika, she left the computer room and went to the bathroom,, about 3 minuets later she came running in to the computer room cussing the other worker for banging the hell out the the bathroom door.. Ted said he didnt do it ad didnt leave the room.

So they start checking the sercurity cameras. ( I work in a lottery office)

So they look at the cameras and watch Sheneika walk down to the bathroom and about 3 minuets later she comes tearing out of the bathroom running full steam back in to the computer room.. Ted never heard any noise but she said it was like some one kicking in the door.

This place will give you the creeps.

just a good old halloween story I got... (5, Funny)

app13b0y (767720) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911239)

(Bob is a analyst at a security operations center for an ISP. He sent me this email and I decided I'd pass it on to you guys for review. Is this even possible? I'm not sure, but it sure did freak Bob out. He can't bring himself to go back to the SOC anymore, and he's looking for telecommuting jobs on Monster. --Alice)

Alice,
I know you're gonna think I'm crazy but you're the only one I can think who would possibly listen to what I'm about to say without immediately dismissing it. Please, read my whole account of what happened to me tonight before writing me off.

I went into work last night for the graveyard shift. Yeah, graveyard shift on Halloween, haha. We'd just ramped up to 24/7 ops the previous week so this was going to be my first night alone in the SOC. I was pretty excited at first, since I wouldn't have any of these other knuckleheads in my hair while I was doing some hard core analysis, you know? I logged into my station, started some queries for deltas in the previous 24, and went to get some coffee, since it was going to be a long night.

Little did I know...

After returning to the SOC with my joe, Carol gave me the briefing on the days events (in a nutshell, nothing - apparently all the s'kiddies were gearing up for Trick or Treating and not harassing us). She did mention something that didn't show up in any of the reports though - a general "weirdness" to the traffic in the DMZ. She couldn't really qualify it, but she said she though something kind of odd was going on. Okay Carol, I'll keep my eyes open (as I roll them back into my head). She punched out and I was all alone.

Or was I?

I threw some tunes on WinAmp and started to rock out while pouring over the output of my earlier queries. My attempts at scripting up some rudimentary anomaly detection in our aggregation console appeared to be woefully inadequate or simply functioning properly with a dearth of anomalies when I saw it.

A new host in the DMZ.

A host which had apparently come up at midnight local, October 31st. Who the hell stands up a box in the DMZ at *midnight* on a Saturday night? It had to be the mouth-breathers in development relying on the assumption that no one would be monitoring the network over the weekend. Heh, nice try chumps, but you've just tweaked the wrong BOFH. To cover my bases, I looked up the latest network diagrams for the DMZ. Just as I thought, nothing authorized or even submitted regarding a new box in the DMZ. Finally, after months of slaving away over reports I was going to get to demand someone take a box down. I could feel the power coursing through my fingertips as I began to compose the flame to end all flames.

"Dear clownboats,"

I hesitated. What would they come back with? I needed more ammunition to stave off a possible counteroffensive. I decide to scan the box, to see how much risk these "developers" were actually exposing my DMZ to. A quick nmap returned results the likes of which I had not seen since my days at that dot bomb in Sunnyvale.

"Remote operating system guess: Linux 2.0.35-37"

W

T

F

Two-oh? Was this some sort of prank? These guys are dullards to be sure, but no one is this stupid. It's gotta be some sort of security through ob-fu or something. I had to know. Telnetting quickly confirmed my worst fears.

Trying 10.31.10.31...
Connected to 10.31.10.31.
Escape character is '^]'.

Red Hat Linux release 5.2 (Apollo)
Kernel 2.0.36 on an i486
login:

I stared, dumfounded, at the prompt's ever-blinking cursor. I tried to wrap my head around what I was seeing. Red Hat FIVE DOT FSKING TWO? Even if this was a honeypot, this was ridiculous. What were they trying to do, find out which kiddie has the oldest sploits?

I did what any sane security professional would do in my situation.

I typed "root".

The box retorted with "Password:"

I reiterated, "root".

[root@zion root]#

A chill crept out of my keyboard and up my spine as I realized that this wasn't a joke, and it wasn't a honeypot. It was a real box, and the people who put this on my DMZ were officially TOO STUPID FOR INTERNET. I was going to get to the bottom of this and it would be made right, dammit. I haven't been working in the security industry for over SIX MONTHS to have morons like this come CRAP ALL OVER MY DMZ.

I took a deep breath and considered my options. If I went off half-cocked, blasting accusatory emails to everyone in network engineering, the box would be burned and mysteriously vanish. Oh, a magic server that no one owns, how original.

No, I needed to find out who this box belonged to. I listed the contents of /home, and was rewarded with a litany of names which I did not recognize. The one with the most recent activity was an 'tanderson,' so I decided to play a hunch. The 'w' command confirmed my hunch, and showed root and tanderson currently logged in. It also showed that the box had been up for close to 12 days, and that tanderson had logged in on October 18th, 1999. This box has more problems than I thought. 'date' confirmed it, these fools apparently have the system set to a date in 1999. Still testing those Y2K compatibility patches, eh boys? It was a little outside of my jurisdiction, so to speak, but I decided to question my only witness/suspect. After googling for a bit, I discovered the "write" command.

[root@zion root]# write tanderson tty1
What's up with this box?

Message from tanderson@zion on tty1 at 23:53

>> what? who are you?

I'm root, who are you

>> look i dont know if your a hacker or whatever but please dont hack my computer right now i need to finish my work

You look, you bring a swiss-cheese box up on *my* DMZ and its *my* problem. What the hell are you doing?

>> hey pal i dont want to fight i just want to finish this project, okay, i'm on a

d e a d l i n e ...

The word "deadline" appeared slowly, one character at a time, and for some reason really resonated with me. I could swear I felt a presence in the room with me - or was I merely feeling "sympathy pains" for this 'tanderson' and his arbitrary deadline?

Shake it off Bob, you're an infosec pro, not a social worker. You get paid to be hardcore.

Sorry dude, but your deadline ain't my problem. This box is going to have to come down immediately - it's too risky to leave up.

>> No.

What? I don't think you've got much say in the matter. I'm the security admin, and you're some random cluebie who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take it like a man. > NO

All of the other boxes in the SOC powered down.

>> NO

Then the lights.

>> NO

I stared at the screen, my breath caught in my throat. My terrified trance was broken by the beeping of my calculator watch. It was midnight.

"Connection closed by foreign host."

I scooped up the phone and hurriedly dialed Ted, the night sysadmin.

"This is Ted. Whassup?"

"Hey Ted, Bob." My mouth was dry and the words barely managed to squeak out.

"Hey Bob, what can I do ya for?"

"Do you know anything about a box named 'zion' in the DMZ?"

"Our DMZ?"

My fear had begun to give way to annoyance again.

"Yes, our DMZ. At 10.31.10.31."

"Bob, there's nothing at that IP."

I quickly pinged it, and attempted to telnet in again. He was right, the box was down.

"It... it was just up. I telnetted right in, it was a Red Hat 5.2 box, and a user named 'tanderson' was logged in ..."

"tanderson? Are you sure?", Ted said, with a wavering uncertainty.

"Yes, I'm positive. He kept yammering about finishing his project," I blurted.

"Bob - Thomas Anderson was downsized back in '99. He was working on moving all of our NT servers to Linux, but he never got to finish. Bob... ... that server's been down for FIVE YEARS."

old VA hospital (1)

synx (29979) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911258)

My company's HQ is an old VA's hospital. I don't work in that particular building, but I've heard the 'older' side of the building haunted. The building has a 'main' portion and a newer front that was built onto in part to hold the older part up and give it structural re-enforcement.

One of the floors was apparently for ... the crazy people. Doors are apparently thicker than all the other floors. I've never spent enough time in the building to investigate that however.

Perhaps I should go visit there... tonight... at 2am... dun dun dunnnn

Yes it is (2, Interesting)

ack_call (870944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911341)

The building where I work is located on a site that is known as Gallows Hill. Hangings used to take place there many, many years ago. There have been reports from cleaners stating that whilst cleaning the building at night when the offices are mainly empty; a cleaner has had her feather duster removed form her hand by an unseen force and she has been repeatedly beaten round the face with it. Another report was from a cleaner who whilst cleaning the toilets was confronted by a man with a bloodied face - she ran screaming from the wash room (apparently) and when her colleagues investigated there was nobody there. Neither of the cleaners returned, they both quit. The office is now a complete mess.

yes it's huanted (1)

VanillaCoke420 (662576) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911345)

My workplace is haunted by the evil spirit of my alive boss.

One customer has a creepy building (1)

totallygeek (263191) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911371)

So, here are the things that bug me about the lawfirm where my company is contracted to work. This building used to be a federal courthouse and post office. It is very old and the cracked wood around the windows whistles with the wind. There are crawlspaces between the floors for the old postmaster to use, and in the basement are old holding cells, boiler (heater), coal chute, and other funky stuff. To boot, the server room is an old magistrate office, and the servers are in the "closet", which was a holding cell. The bars have not been removed from the window!
  • So, one night Joel and I are working in offices next to each other separated by a wall with an open door. In Joel's room is an open doorway into the hallway, which I can see out through the open door between us and the open doorway to the hall. I see something move by the hall doorway, and call out to Joel. He answers and I tell him I saw something go by the doorway. He says for me to shut up and get back to work. Then, something goes by again; mind you I am seeing this via peripheral vision. When I mention this one, Joel is getting freaked. We investigate, and find that a bat is flying around the file room and occasionally makes it out to the hallway, up and down, and back into the file room.
  • Working late one night there and have my friend Alan to keep me company while waiting for a backup to finish. So, we are in the middle of the law library playing cards when I hear the heavy outer door open downstairs. I wouldn't expect anyone there past midnight, so I go out to the stair railing and see there is no one and the door is shut. I go back into the main room, and immediately rush back out, hearing the door again. There was nothing there! Alan will not go back there anymore.
  • Joel and I are working late and hear some noises. We are leaving that night and one night owl attorney is coming in. He laughs when we tell him how freaky the building is. He then relays that the postmaster shot himself in the room where we had hear the noises and that there have been reports of a ghost climbing the stairs.
  • Now, the funniest! One night I am working on the third floor and all the hallway (long hallway -- the one with the bat) lights had gone out (bad wiring, old bulbs, etc). So, I am finished checking out some Samba issues from a Windows computer, and I click Start, Shutdown. I am not usually the Windows kinda guy and this is the first time I have worked on this computer. I turn off the monitor and leave because the computer will power off from the shutdown request. Halfway down the hall, I hear an eerie "bye bye" and I flee. Talk about being freaked out! The next day I am laughing about it with the paralegal whose computer I had worked on (called to make sure she was working as expected). She then fires up her control panel (or whatever) to play me her shutdown sound. Apparently she had downloaded some cartoon sounds and this was some screechy voice saying "bye bye".
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